August 22, 2012

Coater Debose

Sgt. 1st Class Coater B. Debose, age 55, of State Line, Mississippi, died on August 19, 2012, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small arms fire from an Afghan police officer.

Coater was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment, 158th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army Division East, Camp Shelby, Mississippi. 

He deployed in April of 2012 to assist and train Afghan uniformed police in and around Kandahar.

Coater joined the Alabama Army National Guard in May of 1983. He transferred to the Army Reserves in 2008. He served in the military for more than 27 years including service in the Coast Guard.  He had previously served in Iraq in 2004 - 2005. 

Father, place Coater on the
stairway to Heaven
Military officials stated that Coater loved serving in the military. He was a mentor to the younger guys who looked up to him. 

Family members stated that Coater loved his kids and his grandkids. 

Coater is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Juanita; and children - Latravis Debose, Caronica Jackson, Christopher Debose, Nekeshia Raybon, and Broderick Debose. 

Let us pray that Coater Debose is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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